Meet Lindsay - Yoga
Lindsay is The Salty Pelican’s full time in-house yoga instructor. As a wellness professional and ambassador, she has dedicated over 8 years of her life studying emotional wellbeing in the field of yoga. She is a licensed yoga teacher from the UK and has developed an innovative program for our guests incorporating meditation, pranayama, Hatha flow & Yin yoga styles. Lindsay focus is on alignment, assisting guests individually whilst sharing the greater lessons yoga has to offer beyond the poses.
“ Through my own practice, I have transformed old biases into new perspectives. Each time I step on to the mat, I afford myself time and space. It is this sense of moment that I try to share. During classes, I interweave yogic philosophy, and encourage its principles for others to take away. Each class offers something unique, with grounded deep breath work to journey into the present moment. I structure my classes to challenge while offering a time to reflect. I tailor classes to meet the needs of the students, wherever they may be in their individual journey ”
Lindsay is also a surfer in the making, she understands the physical benefits of adding yoga to your surfing routine, in building balance, flexibility, and strength. She self practices yoga daily, including her own personal spiritual practice, eats plant based foods and makes the appropriate rest times….
“ My values in life are based on helping others… I want to guide others to find their way back to their energy centres in the midst of a busy work life, relationships and stress. I teach tools to understand one’s energy and help find happiness through practising yoga ”
Meet Monika - Co-founder
Role at The Salty Pelican... Im one of the co-founders of The Salty Pelican and I'am also the retreats "mum", always happy no matter how bad the day may seem.... I will always find a way to make you smile and cheer you up. Not only that but I'am a qualified masseuse with over 10yrs experience and available everyday to help you relax with a beautiful Ayurveda massage.
Background experience... I grew up in The Alps, Austria, in a tiny little village called St Johann in Tirol. Im an avid snowboarder, nature lover, qualified masseuse and now I have fell in love with surfing. I have spent a good part of my life travelling away from home and conquering the world one country at a time for the last 13 years. A few years ago we began planning our dream retreat, like many we had found along our journey... and now here you have it ... The Salty Pelican and I hope you love it as much as we do. I am also the head in-house masseuse and I will pamper your body with a relaxing deep tissue Ayurveda massage during your stay with us. Highly trained and a practitioner all over the globe, my vast experience over 15 years will allow you to fully appreciate my relaxing massages in a long lasting way.
Secret super powers... Don't know, just ask Gareth, he will tell you that I make dirty laundry and mess disappear hehehe I have been told my massages are simply heaven... I guess its not a secret anymore ;-)
“ Praia da Ursa for me is the most magical of places to breathe and find yourself.... Ask me at reception and I will show you how to get there. My other favourite place in the world has to be Wanaka on the south island of New Zealand.... What a Beauty ”
Craziest experience... OOOhhhh theres too many, probably spending 13 years of my life with GARETH is crazy enough heheheh. No but really having spent the last 13yrs travelling the globe, from hiking the Himalaya's.. to being marooned on a deserted island... my life has been a little crazy here and there.
Meet Gareth - Co-founder
Role at The Salty Pelican... One of the co-founders at The Salty Pelican.... Im surrounded by the most amazing team that do their absolute best to keep the Salty Pelican that super cool place that everyone knows us for. Im that guy you will probably chat to through emails before arriving... I also manage all The Salty Pelicans social media, advertising, web design and graphic design. Have been known to cook up a storm on the BBQ a few times a week with delicious grilled sea bass to die for.
Background experience... I left school in Australia a looonnggg time ago and I finished my studies in graphic design. Quickly I realised life was running away from me, so I bought a ticket to Europe.... I had no plan or much money for that fact..... Skip 13yrs later, 45 countries later and a whole lot of fun, good times, great people, great experiences..... Now we present you The Salty Pelican... a place filled with love & so many inspirations we found along our worldly travels. I have over 20yrs experience in the hospitality industry... so we are going to take real good care of you and your needs.
Secret super powers... Im also really good at organised chaos... just ask Monika.
“ I love hiking and summiting mountains all over the world from the Himalaya's, The Alps, Corsica, New Zealand, Japan to Norway.., up there I feel my mind is the clearest and lightest. Im also a lover of escaping to some wild deserted beaches in the Philippines.... a beach with not a soul but myself... I would classify as paradise ”
Craziest experience... Probably leaving alone for Europe all those years ago without a plan and being pretty much broke... somehow I turned that into the most craziest 15 year adventure of a lifetime that I truly will never forget.
Meet Tiago - Co-founder
Role at The Salty Pelican... Hey! I'm Tiago, 25yo and Proudly Portuguese! Im one of the co-founders of this legendary great place, The Salty Pelican. I'm the guy everyone comes for help, advice and fun!
Background experience... I grew up near the now famous big wave surf mecca of Nazaré, Portugal. I've studied IT Management in college, I have a degree in Multimedia Development, and at the moment Im finishing my Bachelor's degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management... Im here to show you the best possible time in Cascais and offer you all the advice and planning you will need for your stay in Portugal.
Secret super powers... My secrets super powers are always knowing the number of beens in a jar, having a great hair cut, and knowing the best combination of ingredients for a pizza. I'm also a great hugger. I'm going to make you smile and laugh during your stay... That would be my official super power ;-)
“ Im still kind of young at heart when it comes to world experiences... But my favourite places in the world are, of course, The Salty Pelican, my hometown Nazaré, and any dinner table with friends, family and sangria ”
Craziest experience... Skydiving and bungee jumping.... maybe that one time I realised you shouldn't go for a pee after slicing some chillies...owwiiiee
Jamie - Operations Manager & Social Host
Role at The Salty Pelican... I’m Jamie from Cornwall in the UK originally! My role in here at SP Is to make sure our guests are given the best possible experience during their stay. I work hard to make sure you are comfortable, relaxing and living the ultimate salty lifestyle by the sea, even if it’s just for a little while :)
I joined the Salty Pelican family after packing my bags and leaving the UK on the pursuit of happiness in 2020! Portugal has always given me a fuzzy feeling since my first trip here 12 years ago. I wanted to find a job where I could combine my love of the ocean, my background in hospitality and my want for a healthy lifestyle. And now here I am, living that dream with the best yoga and surf retreat in Portugal (and Sri Lanka).
I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled all over the world and love sharing stories, advice and Stoke our Salty Pelican guests. I will help you spend your days here stress free whilst you practice yoga, mediation and learn how to surf with the best instructors in the business!
“ I love organising all the activities you’ll be getting stuck into, creating memories both on land and in the ocean! I make sure there’s and lots of laughter during your stay with us as well making sure you have a comfortable, tranquil environment to unwind and relax in ”
Secret super powers... My secret superpower is making people laugh! I’m young at heart and enjoy chuckling with anyone that’ll listen! Life’s to short be too serious!
Favourite place in the world ... Sumatra and Mexico are up there but I have nothing but love for Portugal! The amazing waves, the nature, the food, the culture and the people !! I’m beyond happy to have taken the jump to move to Portugal, it’s been kind to me and I
Cannot see myself leaving for a while.
Craziest experience... Going to California and ending up in superstar singers Pinks mansion sipping cocktails.....
Meet Jorge - Surf School
Role at The Salty Pelican... Jorge is our surf school coordinator and has been surfing for over 25 yrs and a true lover of this sport as he has committed both personally and professionally to becoming a dedicated surf school teacher. No one can outmatch his passion on teaching our surfers the meaning of surf and how this simple sport can enhance your awareness of yourself and the world.
“ Ericeira is well known for the good surf conditions almost every day during all seasons. The nearby charismatic spots are great for beginners and intermediate/advanced riders. ”
Our experienced surf instructor team is happy to advise and help you with any questions you may have! We dedicate 100% of our effort on giving the best quality lessons for small groups, that way all of The Salty Pelicans get the best and fastest advice on improving within a safe but fun lesson.
Meet Chuchon - Photographer & Social Media
Role at The Salty Pelican... Hello I am Chuchón from Spain and I capture the guests enjoying the amazing vibes at The Salty Pelican both through photography and videography...The good vibes extends from The Salty Pelican to the beach each day and I make sure that every guests overall experience is not only captured but is also unique to each.
“ I'm the one always telling stories and and connecting with the clients… living in the moment to bring an image to life capable of creating an emotion ”
Secret super powers... No secrets. It's quite simple; live in the present, enjoy what you are doing and share it with the people around you.
Favourite place in the world ... To live ? Definitely Portugal.
Craziest experience... Travelling all over Europe for photography